Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Joyful Harps Concert Schedule for December 2021

 These are live events that you are invited to attend! 


Drop-In Concert at Buncombe Antiques Mall

5000 Wade Hampton Blvd, Taylors, SC
Saturday, December 11, 2021, 2:00-3:30 pm

Come enjoy beautiful live harp music while you shop this wonderful mall of vintage antiques!

Prelude at Grace Baptist Church

5020 Old Spartanburg Rd, Taylors, SC
Sunday, December 19, 2021, 10:30-10:45 am

Heather & Raquelle will be playing Christmas hymns and carols for the prelude on Sunday morning. Visitors are welcome and the service will also be live streamed at this Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNtCx1GQgt1nIA8j3zi7mZw 


Christmas Eve Service at Hampton Heights Baptist Church

2511 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville, SC
Friday, December 24, 2021, 5:00-6:00 pm

Enjoy a beautiful service at Hampton Heights Baptist Church with Joyful Harps. More info at https://www.hhbc.org/events/christmas-eve-harps-candlelight/2021-12-24

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel


One of our favorite Christmas carols is "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel." It tells the story, through a series of beautiful and poetic prayers, of what Christ does for us. 

First we see the plea for Christ to come as Messiah:

O Come O Come Emmanuel and ransom captive Israel.

This figuratively refers to all of us, who are all born captives to sin. Then we see the plea for Him to save us from sin and death:

O come, thou Rod of Jesse free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny
From depths of hell Thy people save
And give them vict’ry o’er the grave!

After our salvation, we see the prayer for Him to continue to be our joy and cheer:

O come, Thou Dayspring come and cheer our spirits by Thine advent here
O drive away the shades of night and pierce the clouds and bring us light!

We see the yearning for His second coming:

O come, Thou Key of David come and open wide our heavenly home
Where all Thy saints with Thee shall dwell,
O Come, O come Emmanuel!

And at the end of each verse we are comforted by this beautiful promise:

Rejoice, rejoice! Emmanuel, shall come to thee O Israel!

This song is available on our CD "Joyful Harps Carols." We are offering our usual Christmas bargain of both Christmas CDs for $15! All of our music also available on Amazon and iTunes. 


Sunday, December 13, 2020

Free Christmas Harp Concert


Join us on Friday, December 18 at 7:30 pm for a live harp concert! We will be playing at Grace Baptist Church, 5020 Old Spartanburg Rd, Taylors, SC. 


There is room for social distancing in the church, but if you'd prefer to watch remotely we will be live streaming it on the church's Youtube channel at this link.

However you're comfortable, we just hope you join us for some Christmas cheer and beautiful music!

Friday, October 25, 2019

America the Beautiful

Sir Walter Scott wrote:

Breathes there the man with soul so dead
Who never to himself hath said,
"This is my own, my native land!"
Whose heart hath ne'er within him burned,
As home his footsteps he hath turned
From wandering on a foreign strand?

This was obviously not even a question for Katherine Lee Bates.  After a visit to Pikes Peak, CO in 1893, the words to America the Beautiful came to her. They were first published as a tribute for July 4th celebrations and later put to several tunes.

The most enduring tune was composed in 1882 by Samuel A. Ward, an organist and choir director. Just as Bates had been inspired to write her poem, Ward, too, was inspired. The tune came to him while he was on a ferryboat trip after a leisurely summer day and he immediately wrote it down. Supposedly, he was so anxious to capture the tune in his head, he asked fellow passenger friend Harry Martin for his shirt cuff to write the tune on.

This song celebrates not only the beauty of our land, but also the men and women who built our nation—the pilgrims who opened the way, the heroes who fought for liberty and the patriot whose timeless dream "sees beyond the years."  God has given us all three - and has truly shed His grace on America!

America the Beautiful is available on our Joyful Harps Encore! CD or as a download from Amazon or iTunes.

Nearer My God To Thee

Nearer My God To Thee was written by Sarah Flower Adams in 1841. It has a long history of comforting Christians and was even said to be the last hymn played by the band on the Titanic as it sank.

It is based on the text in Genesis that talks about Jacob’s dream at Bethel. Jacob was on his way to his uncle Laban’s house, when one evening he lay down to sleep.

The Bible tells, "Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. There above it stood the LORD. And the Lord spoke to Him there at Bethel and repeated the promise that had been given to Abraham: 'All peoples on earth will be blessed through your offspring. I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go.'"

Today as Christians we can claim this same promise of God’s presence for He has said in the book of Hebrews: "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."

The words to the hymn are a prayer that God would bring us close to Himself and close to His presence, even if it be through grief or pain. Any suffering that brings us closer to God is a joy. The hymn reads:

Nearer my God to thee, nearer to thee
E’en though it be a cross that raiseth me
Still all my song shall be Nearer My God To Thee.

Though like the wanderer, the sun gone down
Darkness be over me, my rest a stone
Yet in my dreams I’d be nearer my God to thee.

There let the way appear, steps unto heav’n,
All that Thou sendest me in mercy given
Angels to beckon me Nearer my God to Thee.

Then with my waking thoughts bright with Thy praise
Out of my stony griefs, Bethel I raise
So by my woes to be Nearer My God To Thee.

This song is available on our Joyful Harps 1865 CD or as a download from Amazon or iTunes.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Our 2018 Christmas Concert Schedule

Christmas in Dixie

15 Boyce Avenue, Greenville, SC
December 7, 2018 7:00-9:00 pm

Come hear a live Christmas concert by Heather & Raquelle on harps and the museum's 1860 piano that came through the blockade! Get in the Christmas spirit with a carol-sing led by Heather & Raquelle. We will be playing harps from approximately 7:00-8:00 and having a carol-sing from approximately 8:15-9:00.

Hanover House - Open House

Clemson University
520 Fort Hill St, Clemson, SC 29634
December 8, 2018 1:00-4:00 pm
Enjoy live music by Heather & Raquelle on harps and the antique Kirkland piano at Hanover House. The Hanover house is over 300 years old and resides on the campus of Clemson University. Tour the house and learn more of South Carolina's upstate history while hearing beautiful Christmas music!



Niteline Show
Channel 16 WGGS, Greenville
December 10, 8:00 p.m.


Heather and Raquelle will be among the featured musicians for a night of Christmas music on local television. We are currently scheduled to be the first set of musicians, so tune in to Channel 16 right at 8:00 p.m. to hear us live! 


Drop-In Concert at Buncombe Antiques Mall

5000 Wade Hampton Blvd, Taylors, SC
December 22, 2018 2:00-3:30 pm
Come and enjoy Heather & Raquelle live while you shop (or just look) at the beautiful antiques! 


Christmas Eve Service

Unity Presbyterian Church
2215 Highway 86, Piedmont, SC 29673
December 24, 2018, 5:00 pm
Enjoy the beautiful Christmas music of Heather & Raquelle in this God-honoring traditional Christmas Eve service. 

Silent Night and the Dawn of Grace

In 1818 the carol "Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht" was heard for the first time in a village church in Oberndorf, Austria. The congregation at that Midnight Mass in St. Nicholas Church listened as the voices of the assistant pastor, Father Joseph Mohr, and the choir director, Franz Xaver Gruber, rang through the church to the accompaniment of Father Mohr's guitar.

On each of the six verses, the choir repeated the last two lines in four-part harmony. On that Christmas Eve, a song was born that would wing its way into the hearts of people throughout the world. Now translated into hundreds of languages, it is sung by untold millions every December from small chapels in the Andes to great cathedrals in Antwerp and Rome.

Verse three gives us a hint of the whole story. The birth of Christ is not all of the story…it is simply the beginning, the dawn of redeeming grace. When man was created, he disobeyed God’s commands and sinned. Ever since then, all men have been under God’s wrath and deserve eternal punishment.

But, by sending Jesus here to earth, God provided a substitute, someone to bear God’s wrath for us. This is what happened when Jesus died on the cross…He took the punishment that was due.

The story doesn’t stop there…then He rose from the dead, thus conquering death so that anyone who confesses their sin and gives their life to Jesus will also never die. Yes, we will all die on this earth but, if we are saved believers, we will live forever with Jesus in heaven after death.

So you see, the Christmas story is only the beginning of the powerful story of God’s glorious love to condemned sinners and the promise of glorious future with Him forever

Silent night, holy night!
Son of God love's pure light.
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth

Silent Night is on our Joyful Harps Christmas CD. It's also available at Amazon and iTunes.